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Road to UFC 227 - T.J. Dillashaw vs Cody Garbrandt Part 2

Updated: Aug 9, 2018

T.J. Dillashaw vs Cody Garbrandt Part 2 - Bantamweight Championship fight

There is no love lost between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. This was perfectly demonstrated on the UFC’s own reality TV series, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), where both fighters appeared as the season’s coaches.

There is some bad blood over T.J. Dillashaw moving from Team Alpha Male to Duane Ludwig’s new team.

Duane Ludwig and T.J. Dillashaw

A lot of stories surfaced about how T.J. Dillashaw would take cheap shots at team mates during training sessions while at Team Alpha Male and how Cody Garbrandt would knock out T.J. Dillashaw regularly during sparring.

When it came down to letting their fists do the talking, it was an electric encounter. In the First round T.J. Dillashaw was hurt badly by Cody Garbrandt and he was literally saved by the bell, with the MMA and UFC community believing if Cody Garbrandt had 30 seconds more he would have finished the fight in round 1.

In the second round Cody Garbrandt was knocked down by a head kick from T.J. Dillashaw, which he struggled to recover from. It wasn’t much longer before the fighters were back on their feet exchanging punches, but it was T.J Dillashaw who connected sending Cody Garbrandt to the octagon floor, with Dillawshaw capitalising on the position and finishing the fight with unanswered punches from a dominant mounted position.

After the referee had stopped the fight, T.J. Dillashaw screamed in Cody Garbrandt’s face and walked over to Cody Garbrandt’s coaching team to let them know what he thought about them.

T.J. Dillashaw screams in Cody Garbrandt's face after winning the fight

Sometimes fighting your enemy can lessen the rivalry, but in this case it certainly has not. Cody Garbrandt looks more focused than ever and has openly said he wanted to avenge his loss and knock T.J. Dillashaw out. All the media exchanges have been very similar to the last fight with very little love lost on either fighter.

I know myself and the MMA community are very excited to see how this plays out with both fighters looking like they have improved considerably and both being very focused on the ultimate prize.

Former UFC welterweight Dan "the outlaw" Hardy did a brilliant breakdown of the first fight between Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, which I would recommend watching if you want a detailed insight into the first fight

Optimal MMA Predictions

There’s no doubt this is going to be a great fight, made all the more special by the rivalry between the two.

Personally, I think if Cody Garbrandt can stay focused, not let his emotions get the better of him and keep the taunting to a minimum, he could avenge his loss to T.J. Dillashaw.

We haven’t written off T.J. Dillashaw in this encounter, especially as he is the bantamweight champion, but I think Cody Garbrandt’s punching power may be the decider this time round.

We asked our Twitter readers who they thought would win at UFC 227 and currently Cody Garbrandt is favourite to reclaim the UFC World Bantamweight championship belt

What’s next for either fighter after UFC 227?

It’s too early to tell what's next for either T.J Dillashaw or Cody Garbrandt, but before this fight was arranged, UFC president Dana White was trying to get a matchup between T.J. Dillashaw and the current, reigning and defending flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (who is also fighting on the UFC 227 main card against Henry Cejudo).

If Demetrious Johnson wins, I would like to see him fight the winner of the bantamweight championship fight, if either T.J. Dillashaw or Cody Garbrandt could get down to the weight required.

T.J. Dillashaw had been rumoured to be a contender for Mighty Mouse’s – Demertrious Johnson’s flyweight championship – but maybe that fight could still be on the table either way if he wins or loses on the weekend against Cody Garbrandt.

As always, thank you for reading – please let us know your thoughts on how this fight will go down.

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